The idea of a miraculous genius being born smarter and more capable compared to the rest folks mere mortals charms our curiosity. Robert Greene, writer of the favorite The 48 Laws of Power (Penguin, 2000), would disagree. The fascination we’ve in prodigies, he says, is "bogus. It’s completely bogus." Exceptional talent is approximately effort, he says.
Greene studied the lives of exceptionally successful people for his latest book, Mastery (Viking/Penguin, 2012). He says that there surely is no such thing to be born into superior success. Rather, those politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, athletes and artists who go above the rest within their field, achieving what he calls a "high-level intuitive feel" for his or her specialty, have an unyielding focus and work ethic.